In Autumn 2011 Giant Tours visited over 15 schools in London and was supported by The Wellcome Trust. Part of this support enabled us to evaluate the programme.
Professor Davies from the Centre for Research in Early Scientific Learning, Bath Spa University, evaluated the Giant Tours programme. The evaluation revealed many key findings including how well the workshop helped children become more aware of body systems – digestion, circulation, immunity – ways of keeping healthy and issues relating to biomedical science such as ethics.
“The workshop has achieved learning through the provision of a multi – sensory experience involving extensive pupil participation in role – play, humour and song. This engaged children’s attention and fired their enthusiasm”.
Professor Daniel Davies
Professor Davies includes these findings gathered from the pre and post-workshop drawings completed by the participating pupils:
The number of children who could identify AND correctly position at least one organ connected to the digestive system increased from 75% before the workshop to 94% after;
89% of children in Year 3 & Year 4 could identify at least one organ in the circulation system before whilst 100% could after;
The number of children linking red blood cells to the circulation system rose from 21% to 67%;
Correct linking of the white blood cells to defence rose from 24% to 90%.
“Giant Tours is an innovative and extremely important positive step in improving the knowledge and health awareness of school children. It takes sound scientific information and presents it in a unique and fun way that is both educational and entertaining. It delivers in areas where traditional classroom-based teaching feels somehow inadequate - yet can be done easily and effectively in any school environment. With key national curriculum principles in mind, it is both a relevant and essential part of a child's learning. I feel privileged to be involved in such an exciting project and look forward to working on more of them in the future.”
Dr Ranj Singh, Consultant Paediatrician
“72% of teachers who were involved in the Giant Tours programme were of the view that it was children’s participation in the workshops through the use of drama/role play which had been crucial in engaging their attention, ‘making complicated facts accessible’ and ‘relating science to their own experience’.”
Professor Daniel Davies